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14% of Michigan lottery winners still on welfare

14% of Michigan lottery winners still on welfare
Posted April 17th, 2013 @ 8:46am by Ruth Brown, Newser Staff

(NEWSER– Winning the lottery isn't necessarily the golden ticket many believe: 3,544 Michigan lottery winners last year received—or lived with someone who received—public assistance, the AP reports. It's perhaps not as egregious as it sounds; on average, those people won about $6,800, which is hardly a life-changing windfall. But the state certainly has a history with this problem: Last year, 25-year-old Amanda Clayton made headlines when she was charged with fraud for receiving $5,475 in benefits despite winning $1 million in the Michigan lottery. She laterdied of a suspected drug overdose. The state now tracks all winners of $1,000 or more who receive assistance.

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